Thursday, August 18th, 2016

 4TH ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY WINDS TOWARDS END OF WEEK-LONG PROGRAM

Youths 11More than three-dozen high school youths from across Morris County got a hands-on experience with the deadly terror of the 2016 first responder world on Thursday, as part of a week-long immersion into the world of emergency response during the fourth-annual Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy, which concludes Friday (Aug. 19).

The 37 cadets, from 22 high school districts across the Morris County region, faced an extremely challenging and rewarding day.

They started the morning with a strenuous Physical Training session followed by defensive tactics, a demonstration with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and Bomb Unit. After lunch, the students participated in an active shooter program followed by a Mass Casualty Exercise in which students were able to apply the life-saving skills they learned earlier in the week

Youths 33Students are getting a taste of the police academy-style physical training in a very structured, para-military style program that is sponsored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders and is held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

The cadets are exposed to subject matter experts in the areas of police, fire, EMS and OEM. By allowing them to participate in multiple aspects of the public safety field, the cadets can cultivate an interest in a field previously unfamiliar to them.

A new addition to the curriculum this year features responses to the global problems of terror attacks and resultant mass casualties that now confront first responders across the nation, and around the globe.

Youths 22The curriculum includes an Active Shooter program that promotes awareness to the “Run, Hide, Fight” and “A.L.I.C.E” – (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) programs that are being taught in schools across Morris County.

“This is an extraordinary program for these young people,’’ said Morris County Office of Emergency Management Director Jeff Paul. “This is not make believe. The times have changed and so have we. Morris County is not immune from these horrible and tragic events, so we will be training the kids for today’s reality – just like adult responders.”programs and exercises,

This unique and free program isfive days long and lasts eight hours each day. Participating students range in age from 13 to 17.

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Youths 44The cadets are exposed to subject matter experts in the areas of police, fire, EMS and OEM. By allowing them to participate in multiple aspects of the public safety field, the cadets can cultivate an interest in a field previously unfamiliar to them.

“This program is like none other offered in this area. Cadets are exposed to all facets of the public safety profession,’’ said Scott DiGiralomo, Director of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety. “Our goal is to aid young adults in making a potentially life-changing professional commitment that could benefit themselves and their community.’’

Cadets who complete the course will graduate in a ceremony to be held Friday afternoon.

They are students at the following schools: American Christian School, Boonton High School, Chatham High School, Craig High School, Dover High School, Hanover Park High School, Jefferson High School, Morris Catholic High School, Morris Hills High School, Morris Knolls High School, Morris County School of Technology,  and Morristown High School.

Also, Parsippany Hills High School, Pequannock High School, Randolph High School, Roxbury High School, Seton Hall Prep, Sparta High School, Sussex County Technical School, West Morris Mendham High School, and Whippany Park High School.

County OEM Director Jeff Paul offered a special thanks for the academy sessions to the Morris County Fire Academy staff, Parsippany EMS, Techline Technologies, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and host of volunteers, as well as a shout out to  Morris County Deputy OEM Coordinator Karl Klingener for his planning and precise execution for the academy program.